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Now pay attention, Dhimmi, or don't keep bothering me

Reader comment on item: "Islam" Does Not Mean "Peace"
in response to reader comment: Oh I forgot: Refute what?

Submitted by Angela Class (United States), Jun 11, 2007 at 22:17

As if you yourself are not tendentious!

I don't have to deny the truth about every single word someone says in order to disagree with them on other issues.

This one thing doesn't change everything else. It's ONE word.

People who do wrong are still responsible for what they do, whether "Islam" means" peace" in any interpretation or not. The two things are not related.

And why would I want to stop someone form saying that Muslims should pursue peace and that should be the goal of Islam? I think it should be everyone's goal. It's just not necessary to demonize them.

Again, you have offered up another logical fallacy. the fact that " kafir" and "Kafr" have the same word root and are never interpreted to have the same or any related meaning is not any kind of proof that "Islam" and "salam" are not culturally interpreted to share a meaning. You can't logically argue that just because kafir means infidel and Kafr means village that there is no relationship between Islam and salam. It doesn't follow, it's just not related or meaningful.

Actually I don't understand why you felt you had to go off on me about this. I never said that absent the entire Arabic culture and history and all other things related to Islam that it means Peace.

We have actually always agreed and established that in direct translation it means "submission" but you seem to insist on denying it is attached to any other meaning and that is not correct. it is used metaphorically, as I have said three times, to mean The "submission" that brings "peace", or peace itself. It's a strictly mystical interpretation, but it does exist ,and it predates the present conflict.

Referencing the submission of man to God that brings peace to the heart. That's all.

Submitting....

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